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Istiophorus albicans (Sailfish; Ocean guard; Ocean gar; Billfish; Atlantic sailfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) is a species of marine fish in the family Istiophoridae of the order Perciformes. It is found in the Atlantic Oceans and the Caribbean Sea, except for large areas of the central North Atlantic and the central South Atlantic, from the surface to depths of 200 m (656 ft). The Atlantic sailfish is related to the marlin. Tests in the 1920s estimated that the Atlantic sailfish was capable of short sprints of up to 111 kilometres per hour; however, more conservative estimates of 37 to 55 kilometres per hour are more widely accepted.
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Attributes

Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Emblem of

Florida

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Predators

Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)[4]
Onychoprion fuscatus (Sooty Tern)[4]

Consumers

Distribution

Aegean Sea; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Ascension Island; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic Ocean: in tropical and temperate waters approximately 40°N in the northwest Atlantic, 50°N in the northeast Atlantic, 40°S in the southwest Atlantic, and 32°S in the southeast Atlantic. Migrating to Mediterranean Sea, mostly based on juvenile s; Atlantic Ocean: in tropical and temperate waters approximately 40°N in the northwest Atlantic, 50°N in the northeast Atlantic, 40°S in the southwest Atlantic, and 32°S in the southeast Atlantic. Migrating to Mediterranean Sea, mostly based on juvenile specimens. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139). Some authors recognize a single worldwide species, <i>Istiophorus platypterus</i> (Shaw 1792) but we follow Nakamura 1990 (Ref. 10820) retaining the usage of <i>Istiophorus platypterus</i> for the Indo-Pacific sailfish and <i>Istiophorus albicans</i> for the Atlantic sailfish in recognition of differences between them.; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Benguela Current; Benin; Bermuda; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Cameroon; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Cyprus; Côte d'Ivoire; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; Egypt; Equatorial Guinea; France; French Guiana; Gabon; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Gibraltar; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Iberian Coastal; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Lebanon; Liberia; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Madeira Islands; Malta; Martinique; Mauritania; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Monaco; Montserrat; Morocco; Namibia; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Panama; Patagonian Shelf; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Romania; Russian Federation; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Sao Tomé and Principe; Senegal; Serbia and Montenegro; Sierra Leone; Slovenia; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Spain; Suriname; Syrian Arab Republic; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uruguay; Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Sahara;

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1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Yves Cherel, Richard Sabatié, Michel Potier, Francis Marsac, Frédéric Ménard. 2007. New information from fish diets on the importance of glassy flying squid (Hyaloteuthis pelagica) (Teuthoidea: Ommastrephidae) in the epipelagic community of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Fish. Bull. 105: 147–152.
3Preliminary Investigation of the Diets of Large Oceanic Pelagic Species of Importance to the Longline Fishery in Barbados, MARLYN RAWLINS, HAZEL A. OXENFORD, and PAUL FANNING, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 58, (2007), p. 243-249
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Santos RA, Haimovici M. 2000. The Argentine short-finned squid Illex argentinus in the food webs of southern Brazil. Sarsia 85:49-60
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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